Stale

Stale

, n. [Cf. OF. estal place, position, abode, market, F. tal a butcher's stall, OHG. stal station, place, stable, G. stall (see Stall, n.); or from OE. stale theft, AS. stalu (see Steal, v. t.).] 1. Something set, or offered to view, as an allurement to draw others to any place or purpose; a decoy; a stool pigeon. [Obs.]
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Still, as he went, he crafty stales did lay.
Spenser.
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2. A stalking-horse. [Obs.] B. Jonson.
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3. (Chess) A stalemate. [Obs.] Bacon.
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4. A laughingstock; a dupe. [Obs.] Shak.
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